Over the last few months I've really got back into film photography. My grandma sadly passed away earlier in the year and at her funeral, there were lots of wonderful photos from her life which were really special to see. It started me thinking, when I have children, will they really think 'I bet Dad had one of those iPhones, let me find a charger and see what photos I can find!'. No way will they do that!
It made me really want to pick up shooting on film again. I haven't done it for a long time, maybe a good 10 years or so. So I did a lot of searching and decided to take the plunge on something I've always dreamt of owning, a Leica. After a lot of reading I opted for a gorgeous M6, from 1992, with the 50mm Summicron DR lens from 1958. It really is a thing of beauty and the photo it takes are lovely, just the winding on mechanism is such a pleasure to use!
It's been really good fun bringing back the excitement of photography - looking forward to seeing what shots I took and seeing if they came out or not. The not knowing is all part of the fun! A few weeks after that, I decided to finally get the Yashica MAT-124G off my shelf, which had sat there for years, and just start shooting with it! It's a lot trickier than the Leica, as it's a Twin Reflex top-down viewfinder that's reversed, so it's taking some getting used to!
So below are some of my favourite shots - the black & white are medium format 120 film from the Yashica, and the colour shots are 35mm from the Leica:
Rest in peace Peggy Strange x